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Nottinghamshire’s new Chief Constable says ‘it feels like coming home’

The new Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police Kate Meynell says “it feels like coming home” as she starts her new role with the Force.

CC Meynell became the new Chief Constable on Monday, December 12, after Craig Guildford transferred to West Midlands Police in the same role.

She said: “It is an absolute honour to be back in Nottinghamshire. It feels like coming home.

“I have served the majority of my career with Notts, and lived most of my life in the County and I am looking forward to working with you all.

“It is important to acknowledge the progress the Force has made in recent years – there’s been a reduction in serious violence, a reduction in acquisitive crime and a balanced budget.

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“A lot of great work has been done by my predecessor and the organisation and I will continue to build on that.

“However, we cannot be complacent as there is more work to do. I am committed to building on strong foundations in order to build my vision for the force to ‘deliver an outstanding service we can all be proud of’.

“It is paramount we secure the trust and confidence of the communities we serve and that communities feel safe and listened to.”

CC Meynell originates from Nottingham and joined Nottinghamshire Police in 1993 where she was posted to Bulwell.

For the first few years, she also worked across Hucknall and Eastwood in uniform roles before joining CID, undertaking investigation roles in the Child Abuse Investigation Unit, Divisional CID and Homicide Team.

She then progressed through the ranks in both uniformed and detective roles.

In 2011 she was part of the new collaboration of the five forces of the East Midlands for major crime investigations.

In 2015, she became Head of the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) Major Crime and was responsible for overseeing major crime investigations across the region.

She has performed the role of Senior Investigating Officer on a number of homicide investigations, including the investigation into a fatal house fire, where the six Philpott children were killed, resulting in the conviction of both their parents and a family friend of their manslaughter.

She also investigated the murder of Kayleigh Haywood, who was killed after meeting a man who groomed her online, among other high-profile cases.

In 2017, she transferred to Northamptonshire Police in the role of Chief Superintendent, Head of Crime. While there, she was responsible for CID, Public Protection, Intelligence and Serious and Organised Crime.

She returned to Nottinghamshire Police in 2018 as Assistant Chief Constable and led the force’s strategic response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

She moved to Derbyshire Police as Deputy Chief Constable on January 11, 2021.

On Monday, December 12, she became the new Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police.

She added: “I am already planning an extensive programme of meetings, both with colleagues internally across the Force to build a sense of team and externally with partners and communities, and this programme will expand as I move through my first two months.

“This will help me identify some of the challenges we face and then look at the opportunities available to us.

“It is really important that I listen to the community and partners before I make any future plans for the Force.

“I want the public to have complete confidence in the police when they call up to report a crime or problem in their community. It is also paramount that people feel safe where they live, work, and socialise.

“I look forward to delivering for the communities of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.”

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